Youth Robotics Teams Inspire Record Crowds at FIRST® Championship in Houston

3. FIRST® LEGO® League World FestivalFIRST LEGO League introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by inviting them to conduct research projects and build LEGO-based autonomous robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FIRST LEGO League teams, guided by their imaginations, discover exciting career possibilities and learn to make positive contributions to society. This year’s challenge, INTO ORBIT, tasked more than 323,000 students on 40,000 teams representing 95+ countries with exploring how to solve the physical and social problems associated with long-duration space flight, and propose solutions for any issues they identify.

Top honors went to Champion’s Award winner, Team 44264, IDB TECH-NO-LOGIC, of Verona, Italy; Champion’s Award Finalist, Team 14938, Club Oreo, of Austin, Texas; and Champion’s Award Finalist, Team 44195, DYCI Blue Ocean’s 10, of Quezon City, Philippines.

Other FIRST® LEGO® League awards included:

  • Robot Performance Award – Team 44178, HUNTSMAN, Georgetown, Malaysia.
  • Mechanical Design Award – Team 44293, SESI RED RABBIT, Americana, Brazil.
  • Programming Award – Team 44167, F6, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Strategy & Innovation Award – Team 44306, BotBrothers, Hockenheim, France.
  • Research Award – Team 44299, The Inventors, Voula, Greece.
  • Innovative Solution Award – Team 25825, No Wais Time, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Presentation Award – Team 44285, Forth Vortex, Tyr, Lebanon.
  • Inspiration Award – Team 44067, PRIME ROBOTICS, Horishni Plavni, Ukraine.
  • Teamwork Award – Team 33968, Forces of the Galaxy, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Gracious Professionalism® Award – Team 44319, SESI – SC TechMaker, Blumenau, Brazil.
  • Judges’ Awards
    • Team 44140, Mig_Botics, Migues, Uruguay.
    • Team 44184, ACTON SPACE TROOPERS, Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
    • Team 44253, Al Madinah Robotics, Al Madinah, Saudi Arabia.
    • Team 44286, 3geared, Zagreb, Croatia.
    • Team 44300, NGK (Next Generation Kids), Kalivia, Athens, Greece.
    • Team 29642, The Dark Stars, Bloomfield, N.M.

4. FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. World Festival ExpoFIRST LEGO League Jr. introduces children ages 6 to 9 to the exciting world of science and technology. Teams of up to six children and two adult Coaches take on a real-world Challenge, to be explored through research, critical thinking, and imagination. In this year’s Challenge, MISSION MOON, students learn about the Earth’s moon and what is needed to live there.

FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. awards went to:

  • Team Choice Award – Team 12, Moon Explorer, Beijing.
  • Discover and Show Award – Team 45, Unicorn Majesties of the Galaxy 1, St. Louis; and Team 5, Unicorn Girls, St. Louis.
  • Creative Show Award – Team 53, Master Builders, Las Vegas; and Team 51, Moon Al Hadi, Beirut, Lebanon.
  • Design and Show Awards – Team 40, Astro-Robo-Qem, Baalbek, Lebanon; and Team 21, Castronauts, Santa Clara, Calif.
  • Cooperative Poster Award – Team 47, Space Explorer, Da Nang, Vietnam.
  • Innovative Explorers Award – Team 50, Weibel Starfleet, Fremont, Calif.; Team 9, Camdenton FIRST FLL Jr. LASER Osage Beach Elementary #5, Camdenton, Mo.; Team 44, Astrobots, Alvarado, Mexico; Team 8, Little Astronaut, Zgharta, Lebanon; and Team 10, Engi-Gears, of Austin, Texas.
  • Explore and Discover Award – Team 48 APOLLO 11.2, Sugar Land, Texas; Team 15, The Awesome Panthers, Austin, Texas; Team 59, Pythagoras Academy, Richmond, B.C., Canada; and Team 56, Cyclone, Quezon City, Philippines.
  • Creative Explorers Award – Team 60 Carolina Cosmos, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Explore and Design Award – Team 1 Lunar Cats, Defuniak Springs, Fla.; Team 49, The Lunar Superstars, of Aiea, Hawaii; Team 57, The Lunacorns, Houston; Team 32, Moon Explorers, Kyiv, Ukraine; and Team 54, Mini Electrons, Oklahoma City.
  • Cooperative Explorers Award – Team 28, Techno Future, Alexandria, Egypt; and Team 34, Mischief Managed, Noble, Okla.
  • Innovative Model Awards – Team 29 Techno-Bots, Shawnee, Okla.; Team 46, Asteroid Jumpers (Gemini LEGO Jrs. 1), Melbourne Beach, Fla.; Team 18, Robotic RECK Rovers, Campbell, Calif.; and Team 26, Virus Jr., Tallinn, Estonia.
  • Building and Discovery Award – Team 25, Apollo 6.0, of Overland Park, Kan.; Team 33, Go Rockets, Denham Springs, La.; and Team 24, Astro Pharaohs, of Tanta, Egypt.
  • Creative Model Award – Team 13, I.C.E. Chips (Blue), Marrero,.; Team 41, Flying Ninjas, Bush, La.; Team 17, Lil ROBO-RANGERS “Challengers,” of Alton, Texas; Team 22, Builder Beavers, San Diego; Team 14, Junior TAZ BOTS – ASTRONAUTS, Boynton Beach, Fla.; Team 31, LEGO Dub, Alexandroupolis, Greece; and Team 6, LSU Rockets, of Port Allen, La.
  • Model Design Award – Team 16, Wandering Moon, Kumming, China.
  • Cooperative Model Award – Team 19, Robo Wildcats, Los Angeles; Team 39, Royal Queens, St. Louis; Team 2, LEGO Lions, Kissimmee, Fla.; Team 37, Rockin’ Robots, Renton, Wash.; Team 38, UNIbots, Houston; and Team 43, Brave Builders & Beyond, Camdenton, Mo.
  • Innovative Programming Award – Team 7, Planetbot, Merida, Mexico; Team 52, Oxygen, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam; and Team 36, Aerobic Plan, Nanchang, China.
  • Discover and Program Award – Team 55, Sonic Leopards of the Galaxy, Houston; Team 3, Super Space Lamingtons, Wollongong, Australia; Team 27, Eco-moon 2.0, Hong Kong, China; and Team 4, Space Explorers, Chtaura, Lebanon.
  • Creative Programming Award – Team 58, LEGO Hurricane, Redmond, Wash.; Team 20, Atlas.Inventor, Kyiv, Ukraine; and Team 35, MoonMachines, Sandy, Utah.
  • Programming Design Award – Team 23, Beta WeDo2, Bonners Ferry, Idaho.; and Team 12, Moon Explorer, Beijing.
  • Cooperative Programming Award – Team 11, Glow Travellers, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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